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Man found after manhunt called off in south Rockdale

UPDATE: The search for a 32-year-old white male who was described by his family as possibly threatening suicide was called off Friday evening and he was found shortly after at a local bar.

The man was not a suspect who had escaped custody, said Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Lt. James Cabe. "We were trying to search for him for his own well-being."

RCSO deputies received a call of a person possibly armed and possibly threatening suicide before 6:30 p.m. Friday. The family reportedly told deputies the man had fired a gun in the woods behind his residence in south Rockdale and then walked off through the woods.

A Code Red alert was issued, warning residents to call 911 if they spotted anyone fitting his description.

The man reportedly walked through the woods to Ga. Highway 212 and encountered a person he knew, who gave him a ride to the bar. During that time, his family reported him as missing and possibly in posession of a firearm. The firearm was later found and was not in his posession.

A search perimeter was set up at 6:30 p.m. and was called off 9 p.m. Around 9:30 p.m., the man was found at the establishment by a deputy who recalled seeing him there before. He told deputies he was unaware of the search that had been going on for him.


(April 10, 9:56 p.m.) The manhunt was called off and the person in question was reportedly caught. Check back later for more on this developing story.


(April 10, 8:08 p.m) IN BRIEF: Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the hunt for a suspect in the south side of Rockdale, along Ga. Hwy 212. The suspect is described as a young white male, wearing a dark tank top, blue jacket, and jeans. The suspect may possibly be armed and dangerous. An alert was sent out Friday evening to residents via telephone asking that anyone who sees a suspect matching that description call 911.